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[BKARTS] Position at Michigan State University - Assistant Conservator

Assistant Conservator Position
Michigan State University
Michigan State University Libraries has an opening for a grant funded
1.5-year assistant conservator position.  Position will commence no sooner
than June 1, 2006. Please refer to the posting number below when applying.
First consideration will be given to applications received by March 20,
Posting Number: P50736
Library Assistant IV (Grade 11) -- Assistant Conservator
Salary: $35,042 Minimum
REQUIRED:  Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by
completing a four-year college degree program in book conservation or
related field; one to three years of related and progressively more
responsible or expansive work experience in a conservation lab setting,
knowledge of current book and paper conservation techniques (especially in
the treatments noted in the "Basic Functions" below), and have an
understanding of basic conservation principles; proficiency using
conservation equipment and tools; excellent communication and
decision-making skills and ability to work independently.  Applicant must
provide a portfolio of completed treatment work at time of interview.
DESIRED:  Experience with database, spreadsheet, and word processing
software, library automation system.
BASIC FUNCTIONS: Processes library materials requiring a high degree of
discrimination and independent judgment; examines, treats, deacidifies,
rehouses, and documents MSU Libraries¹ early American schoolbook collection
of over 1,500 textbooks and Sunday school books; under the guidance of the
head conservator, the incumbent will perform a variety of conservation
treatments, including (but not limited to) cloth rebacks, board
reattachments, rebinding, washing and mending of pages, and sewing of text
blocks; will include extensive documentation in a custom on-line database,
including photo-documentation; manages vendor accounts for deacidification
and rehousing needs. This is an off-date position funded for one and a half
years from date of hire.
To apply for this position, please email for the special ³Application For
Employment² which must be filled out.
For additional information about this position, email Eric Alstrom at

   Eric Alstrom    
   Collections Conservator
   Michigan State University Libraries
   phone: 517-432-8828
   fax: 517-353-8969
   email: alstrom@xxxxxxx
   URL: http://www.lib.msu.edu/alstrom

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